Purdue receiver guarantees bowl game
CHICAGO — Talk is cheap. Results, especially around West Lafayette, have been hard to come by in recent years.
D’Angelo Yancey knows that. The Purdue senior wideout has been a part of three straight frustrating seasons in West Lafayette. A 2-22 B1G record isn’t exactly the stuff that guarantees are built on.
Still, Yancey wanted to let it be known.
“Postseason is definitely in the future,” Yancey said on Monday at B1G Media Day. “Near future. This season.”
For what it’s worth, that did come from the unofficial best-dressed guy at B1G Media Day. He looked and felt confident:
@BoilerFootball receiver D'Angelo Yancey and I both agreed. He's the best dressed guy at #B1GMediaDay. pic.twitter.com/tXWO3ogqgv
— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) July 25, 2016
But back to the matter at hand. The postseason is happening for Purdue this season?
“Yes, sir,” Yancey said.
Purdue hasn’t done that since 2012. In fact, the Boilers have just six wins in the three years since they went bowling.
Yancey has plenty of motivation to end that skid. Boilermaker linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley has similar expectations given that Purdue is facing what many believe to be a make-or-break year for Darrell Hazell’s future in West Lafayette.
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The obvious question, of course, is how far away are the Boilers from turning around their B1G cellar-dwellar reputation.
“I don’t even like using the word close,” Bentley said. “I would love to think that we’re there. I believe that you’re going to see something special this year. I don’t just want to be talking. I promise you’ll see results.”
Purdue does have the most-experienced team in the B1G, according to Phil Steele. Players said they’ve seen the merits of that now more than ever. There’s more accountability within the locker room and just more overall talent in the program.
Will that combination finally allow Purdue to exceed the three-win ceiling its been limited to in the Hazell era? That remains to be seen.
But in the last week of July, the hope is there.
“I don’t want to say too much,” Yancey said, “but I can assure you this season is going to be special for the Boilermakers.”